The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
A War Story (Movie Tie-in) (Movie Tie-in Editions)

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The movie The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the New York Times bestselling book, opens March 2017.

1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. The Nazis then carry off the prized specimens to Berlin for their program to create the “purest” breeds, much as they saw themselves as the purest human race. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis risked their lives by hiding Jews in the now-empty animal cages, saving as many as three hundred people from extermination. Acclaimed, best-selling author Diane Ackerman, fascinated both by the Zabinskis’ courage and by Antonina’s incredible sensitivity to all living beings, tells a moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love.

A Focus Features release, it is directed by Niki Caro, written by Angela Workman.


About Diane Ackerman

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Diane Ackerman is the best-selling author of The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, and many other books.
Published February 7, 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company. 384 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Apr 09 2017
Weeks as Bestseller

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BT 41.516 289.980 Td /F1 10.5 Tf [(exuberant writing style to recreate the fascinating, forgotten, true-life story --- sharing Antonina’s life as “the )] TJ ET.

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